|Who in the world is Mara? (GQ)|
CK: It was an answer to my prayers!
He appears frequently in the sutras. In fact, there is a whole section dedicated to him called the Mara Samyutta.
|Mara is a yaksha, too.|
|Kris, ask a psychic about Mara|
CK: Certainly, there have been many enlightening awarenesses from my association with you.
CK: I see what you mean.
Mara as mere Metaphor
|"Calm down, Kris, maybe Mara is simply a metaphor!" (stoa.org.uk)|
|In search of metaphor (lemmalab.com)|
- Kileśa-māra, or Ma̋ra as the embodiment of all unskillful states, such as greed (craving), hatred (aversion), and delusion (wrong view).
- Mṛtyu-māra, or Māra as the personification of [aging and] death and endless rebirth (again and again becoming).
- Khandha-māra, or Māra as metaphor for the entirety of the aggregates of conditioned existence.
- Devaputra-māra, the deva (a "Lucifer"-like archangel) of the Sensuous Sphere (Kama-loka, this world where Kamadeva or the Roman god Cupid/Greek Eros is supreme), who tries to prevent Gautama Buddha from finding liberation from the endless cycle of rebirth on the night of the Buddha's great enlightenment fearing that many will escape this realm and Mara's influence if the path is rediscovered.